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U.S. oil drillers add rigs in Niobrara and Eagle Ford

Oil drillers added rigs in two U.S. shale basins this week, data showed on Friday, the strongest sign yet that higher crude prices are coaxing producers back to the well pad after a slump in activity of nearly six months. Overall, U.S. drillers reduced the number of active rigs by just one this week, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc ...

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Federal officials push for heightened sage grouse protection

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is not doing enough to protect the greater sage grouse as its spot on the endangered species list pends federal approval, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says. According to the Denver Post, Noreen Walsh, the agency’s regional director, wrote a letter to Gov. Hickenlooper last week urging him to tweak his state’s protection measures by removing ...

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Vanguard Natural Resources to acquire Eagle Rock Energy

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HOUSTON — Vanguard Natural Resources LLC will acquire Eagle Rock Energy Partners LP in a $474 million deal. The agreement was announced Thursday by the Houston-based companies. Vanguard Natural Resources will also assume $140 million of debt from Eagle Rock Energy Partners, which will become a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary. In related news, Vanguard purchases assets in Piceance Basin. The agreement ...

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Wyoming Oil, Gas Fair moves from Jackson to Casper

CASPER, Wyo.— After 18 years in the Teton Mountains near Jackson, the Wyoming Oil and Gas Fair is moving to Casper. The Casper Star Tribune reports that the fair will be held Sept. 16 and 17 at the Casper Event Center. Fair general manager Dave Hutton says the move was prompted by the rising cost of staging the event in ...

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Dry Piney Creek eyed for new gas plant

Cutthroat trout have fled the Dry Piney Creek in Wyoming, unable to survive in its waters anymore, but a gas company developing the nearby area says they’ll make sure not to exacerbate the environmental impacts. According to the Jackson Hole News and Guide, Denver-based QEP Resources plans to build a gas processing plant in the creek’s drainage area, where they’ll ...

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WPI opens Colorado branch

Houston-based oil and gas service company Waukesha-Pearce Industries, Inc. (WPI) recently set up shop in northern Colorado. The company’s newest branch, located in Loveland, includes a warehouse of GE Waukesha gas engine parts and offers services such as troubleshooting and overhauls. “At our new location in Loveland, we are focused on providing the best possible support for all customers in ...

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Oil drilling in Laramie County slows down

CHEYENNE – Low oil prices could be causing a slowdown in drilling activity in Laramie County after a long period of surging production. Almost 1.37 million barrels of oil were produced during the first three months of the year, according to the latest data from the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. The first quarter total is more than double what ...

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Wyoming oil drilling slows as barrel prices stay low

CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Oil production in the first quarter is up in Wyoming compared to last year, but low prices could be the cause of steady slowing. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports data from the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission show the 1.37 million barrels produced in the first three months of 2015 is about 8.5 percent less than the ...

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Engineers hired for pipeline review

If rushing water had to threaten a county road, the timing couldn’t have been better for the Pueblo Board of County Commissioners. The commissioners on Wednesday unanimously approved a contract with Wright Water Engineering to the accompaniment of text messages from the public works department informing them that the surging Fountain Creek was threatening a portion of Overton Road. The ...

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Flooding closes Overton Road

The Fountain Creek’s propensity to meander makes figuring out what to do about Overton Road an impossible question until waters from the recent storms recede. Alf Randall, Pueblo County director of public works, said Wednesday that depending on what happens to the road as the Fountain Creek surges, the county could try to shore up the banks along the creek ...

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